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Declan McAleer

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Declan is married to Geraldine and they have three children, Tárlach and Ríoghnach and Donnchadh. He joined the party as a teenager is the current spokesperson on Transport and infrastructure. Declan has a particular interest in rural development and sits on the DARD, DRD and Standard and Privileges committees at Stormont. He was co-opted into the Assembly in place of Pat Doherty when the SF implemented the policy which phased out dual mandates.

Declan was first elected to Omagh District Council in 2005, holding on to a seat previously held by his late father, Barney. He was Chairman of Omagh District Council from 2010-2011 and previously held the position of chair of the Council’s Planning committee and Development committee.

Declan is a qualified Lecturer in Psychology and has taught in Omagh College and in Dean Maguirc College, Carrickmore. He is also a member of the board of Governors of two local schools and was a member of the Western Education and Library Board for 6 years.

Declan was previously employed as a Political Advisor to Pat Doherty MP and has been involved in bringing forward a number of key strategic projects in the constituency, including lobbying for the transfer of the vacated military grounds at Lisanelly for use as a shared educational campus and securing progress on the A5 dual carriageway.

He is Chairperson of Loughmacrory Community Development Association and a member of Loughmacrory GFC.

Statements (176)

Need for flexibility on single farm payment applications - McAleer19 March, 2020

McAleer expresses concern on removal of red diesel lower duty rates9 March, 2020

McAleer calls on Infrastructure Minister to prohibit vehicles passing school buses2 March, 2020

Rural and urban wage disparity must be addressed - McAleer25 February, 2020

EU and overseas workers are backbone of agriculture and food sectors - McAleer20 February, 2020

Farmers being left in the dark over future funding post-Brexit - McAleer27 January, 2020

McAleer appointed Chair of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs committee14 January, 2020

All-island Agri-Food sector must be protected – MLA McAleer & Brian Stanley TD17 October, 2019

No deal Brexit will cripple agriculture and agri-food industry in north – McAleer15 October, 2019

McAleer encourages rural groups to apply for DAERA Scheme29 August, 2019

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